Quartz is the godfather of the gemstone world; it is by far the largest family and can be found in a rainbow of colours and varieties.
Due to its abundant nature, quartz has been used throughout history, for jewellery, adornment and carving.
There are two main types of gem-quality quartz. One is Macrocrystalline Quartz, It’s coarsely crystalline so its formations can be seen by the naked eye. The stones range from translucent to transparent and come in a wide variety of colours, like purple-violet of the amethyst and the golden yellow of citrine. Other is Microcrystalline Quartz, it’s smaller in size and is also known as grainy quartz or chalcedony quartz. The gems are usually opaque or translucent, and they’re formed from microscopic crystals that are invisible to the naked eye.
Rose Quartz, Bi-Colour Quartz, Tourmalinated Quartz, Rutilliated Quartz, Smoky Quartz
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Some believe quartz has cleansing and detoxifying properties, and that it can enhance natural extrasensory perception.
|Colour||Full colour spectrum|
|Sources||Brazil, USA, Russia and Africa|